Saturday, June 27, 2009

A good day

I am almost done with the Colors of Emotion swap pieces now, this is the front of them, and all I have to do is the back, signature and whatever, and get them mailed off. Whew! I enjoy doing these swaps, but the ideas percolate for a while and then the actual creation is a whirl of getting it all down on paper... or fabric, as the case may be. In this case I chose to use the color blue to evoke a feeling of exhilaration, and certainly horses, butterflies, flowers and the skies all make my spirit soar!

The other pic is the best of my day thrifting, though I haven't shown all my goodies. The larger tumbled stones are hematite, one of my favs. The others are gold beads with what looks like garnet and maybe lapis. I still need to do a few small samples for my next class but by next week, I should be able to take need weekend off! Eehah! On to spinning, and embroidery! I don't teach again until the 11th, and then again the 17th and 18th, and then it is Pennsic! Wahoo! Thats even better than Eehah!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Color, color and more color

Well, I haven't blogged much lately, but I have been doing things down in the studio. The blue sashiko quilted purse lies on top of a fulled wool sashiko quilted sample that I think will become a clutch type purse too. You can hardly see the stitching both in the pic and in person, unless you are right up close. It is a subtle varigated silk thread in shades of gold... quite a departure from the traditional blue and white, while still stitched traditionally. I have been working up samples for a painted cloth class I will be teaching in July, and the book uses some of the cloth. It is a work in progress, but it showcases Lutradur as the pages; they have been colored with acrylic paints and the cover has been stamped with JonesTones glue and foiled. The fabric started out in a mottled purple and I added stamps and sponged color to it. I really like it. I will be teaching this weekend, so won't get much time to play with paints. Love teaching though. I gave a talk today to the local EGA chapter, and it went really well. I was asked to do a workshop on the techniques I showed! I am happy!

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Too long

Too long since my last post. I have been busy though, with good things. I will photograph more work tomorrow evening, and hopefully post too. The knitting is a wide scarf or narrow shawl for a friend of mine who is incredibly generous, cooking for all and sundry and she is always giving me lovely things. This is a small gift back. I can't buy lots, but I can make her lovely things. It is an easy lace pattern, Old Shale, and the yarn is Domy Heather in a plum shade. Soft and pretty! I am working on samples for classes I teach at work, and this is for a painted fabric class aimed at quilters, primarily. I used Setacolor paints thinned with water and then scrunched and salted. The salt is giving me a tough time coming out though. I am working on a series of landscape pieces, and printing too. I am off to bed after sleeping hardly any last night... the aftermath of a migraine. More tomorrow...